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Diabetes and Exercise? Try being an Olympic athlete

Updated on August 27, 2014

A pic I took whilst out running

Not only is there health benefits to exercise but look at the beauty around
Not only is there health benefits to exercise but look at the beauty around | Source

Diabetes and Exercise

Every Saturday morning I wake up as a diabetic and promise myself to go for a run.

The excuses usually start

- it's too cold (or too hot)

- its too nice in bed

- or even the more practical : what is it going to do to my blood sugars?


Imagine if Sir Steve Redgrave had the same excuse list? Well the world would have missed their opportunity to see one of the world's best rowers. The world would have missed the opportunity to see an Olympic athlete compete at five consecutive Olympic games and win gold.

No bad for someone with Type 1 Diabetes!

So the next time you sit on your couch and think Ive got every excuse in the book as to why I shouldn't exercise think of Steve.,.

Or maybe Gary Hall Junior, swimmer,

Or Kris Freeman, Cross-Country Skier

Or Missy Foy, Marathon Runner

or even Paralympic Cyclist - Pam Fernandes

To the uneducated you may have a small excuse but really you have no excuses at all. Diabetics of the world unite and just exercise


Meter - essential

Always have your meter
Always have your meter | Source

Tips for Exercise with Diabetes

Exercise is an essential part of the Diabetic Management plan but its not always going to be easy so here are some top tips

- Before you start, work with your health team to devise an exercise diabetes management plan

- Always carry hypo cures (and BGL testing machine if possible)

- Where possible, exercise with others. Not only will it motivate you but also helps if you run into a hypo

- Be prepared for the unexpected. Even if you do exactly the same exercise every day some days your body may react differently. Its not bad, its just life

- Enjoy. It doesn't really matter what kind of exercise you plan or what kind of level you intend to achieve from amateur to Olympic, just do it!



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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Great article that doesn't only apply to people with diabetes. Everybody has an excuse to avoid exercise so we should definitely look up to such role models. I just read about an athlete today who's competing in the Olympics. His legs are amputated from the knees down and he has to wear prosthesises. He's competing in the normal running races, not in the paralympics! What a hero! So next time I don't feel like getting up because of some stupid excuse, I'll think of him.

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      nicediabetes 4 years ago from Australia

      Completely agree, let's be inspired!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Exercise is key to my management of diabetes. I'm set to go on a run later this morning. It is a chance to escape and feel good about getting outside! Voted up, Kelley

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